Chances are, you know someone who is Autistic. One in 110 children are born with Autism. For boys, that number is 1 in 70.
Organization for Austism Research (OAR) provides grants for Autism pilot studies and graduate research projects which specifically address questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. To date, they have provided over $2 million in funding to such projects. You can read summaries of the research OAR has funded here.
When you donate, 84 cents of every dollar will go directly to fund Autism research.
Why am I raising funds for Autism research? I have a sibling with special needs and have grown up in and around the special needs community in Pittsburgh, PA. I have seen the challenges that children and adults with special needs face in our society-but I've also witnessed the possibility for such individuals, their friends, and family to lead full and happy lives with the right resources, education, and support.
Why am I competing in the triathlon? For me this race is a personal challenge- both physical and mental. I might be a little crazy for taking it on, but I hope the process will be rewarding. What will make this race worthwhile is the outcome- raising money for those on the Autism spectrum, their families, and their friends who will benefit from the research funded by OAR.
I've decided to chronicle my training, successes, and mishaps. I invite you to follow me at laurenruns.posterous.com
Thank you so much for your support!